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Public Life & Institutions Collection
Image: Model - Captain Cook's Cottage, Cyril Noisette, Icing, 1934
Source: Museum Victoria
The lives of all Victorians are shaped by organisational and institutional structures in the public sphere. Such structures are dynamic, always in the process of creation, redefinition, maintenance, and change.
While some individuals may have the opportunity to participate in the creation of some of these structures, and to influence their direction, others suffer under, negotiate with or react to them. Groups of people may then combine to bring about changes to the ways the structures operate and develop.
This collecting field is concerned with communal and institutional activities in the public sphere in Victoria since 1835. Material evidence generated as a result of particular forms of public, cultural, political and institutional activity in Victoria is collected to document distinctive forms of urban and regional life.
The collection focuses on the operation of particular structures at particular times, and also on the processes of change, continuity, reaction and adaptation. Sub-themes include celebrations and festivals; political history; charity and welfare; ritual and belief; and images and icons of Melbourne.
It also illustrates the events and patterns that help us define and understand Australian identity in all its complexity and diversity. A wide range of material has been gathered from many organisations and institutions, both active and inactive.
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Gilt medal featuirng image of building, issued by the Shire of Traralgon in 1897 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. Queen Victoria's diamond jubilee in 1897 was celeb ...Images: 4
Alternative Names: Poonah Figure, Poona Figure This clay figure of a man was made in Krishnanagar province, India. It was exhibited at the Melbourne International Exhibition in 1880, a ...From: Krishnanagar, India Images: 5
White china tea plate, created as a souvenir of the Centenary of Melbourne, 1935.Images: 1
This is a colour postcard of the Exhibition Building showing the south west facade from Rathdowne Street circa 1905. The postcard, which is unused, was printed as part of the Victoria S ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 2
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Prepared for exhibition purposes in the Industrial & Technological Museum in 1885. It features a hand painting of the species by Miss May Vale (later Mrs. Gilfillan). Exhibited at the f ...From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 0
Family group portrait. Olive Pitts and Linton Tuckfeild are seated.From: Merrigum, Australia Images: 1
Young boy and girl wearing fancy dress outfits, dressed as a bride and groom.Images: 1
Wilson Hall reflected in the lake at Melbourne University. There is a man on the far side of the lake.From: Melbourne, Australia Images: 1
A panoramic view of the crowd gathered for the official opening of the Gordon Swimming Pool and Public Park. The Ballarat Orphanage Band are among those at the event. One of a series of ...From: Gordon, Australia Images: 1